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14 Feb 2022
Important Notice for OHIP patients of Dr. Oussama Fares 

Dear Patient,

I know that the last two years have been very challenging and I hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy. It is with sadness I must inform you that effective April 30th, 2022, I will be leaving my medical practice at the ByWard Family Health Team (FHT).

We are currently looking for another physician to take over my practice at ByWard FHT. Patients will be informed as soon as a replacement is found. If after April 30th, 2022, a new physician has not been found, you may book an appointment with one of the nurse practitioners.

Until a replacement is found, please be assured that another qualified health practitioner will review all incoming labs, test results and follow up accordingly. If you are expecting results and have not heard within a reasonable time period, please contact ByWard FHT to ensure nothing has been overlooked.

If you choose to leave ByWard FHT, should you seek medical advice about any test results, imaging procedures or consultations ordered by any doctor seen after April 30th, 2022, please follow up with your new family doctor.

If accessing medical care elsewhere, your medical records will remain in the custody of ByWard FHT for a period of not less than 10 years. To send a copy of your medical records to another physician, via fax or mail, ByWard FHT requires your written authorization. An administrative fee for this uninsured service will apply. A consent to release personal health information can be found on the ByWard FHT website at: https://bywardfht.ca/our-clinic/forms/ .

If searching for a new family doctor, these two resources may help:

  1. Register with Health Care Connect and have a nurse find a doctor or a nurse practitioner for you.
  1. Use the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s “Find a Doctor” search:

CPSO Doctor Search

  • Choose “Advanced Search” to find a doctor near you (by city/town or postal code)
  • Click on “Additional Search Options” to narrow your search
  • Contact the doctor to check if they are accepting new patients

It has been a pleasure to serve you and your family and I truly wish you well.

Sincerely,

Oussama Fares MD, CCFP

  • What if I need to renew a prescription?

    Please be assured that another qualified health practitioner will respond to ongoing prescription requests addressed to your doctor.

  • What if I'm scheduled for an MRI in 4 months, who do I follow-up with regarding results?

    A qualified health practitioner will also review all incoming labs and test results ordered by your doctor and follow up accordingly.

    If you are expecting results and have not heard from the clinic within a reasonable time period, please contact ByWard FHT to ensure nothing has been overlooked.

  • Where can I go to find another doctor?

    If you need to find a new family doctor, you can register with Healthcare Connect via their website https://ontario.ca/healthcareconnect or register via the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. On their website, you will find a link for “CPSO doctor search”. You can then find a doctor by selecting “advanced search” to narrow by region or “additional search” to narrow your query. Once this is done, you can call the doctor’s office to ask if they are accepting new patients

  • What about my medical record?

    To send a copy of your medical records to another facility, via fax or mail, please contact ByWard FHT directly.

    Note that your written authorization is required to release your medical records and an administrative fee for this uninsured service will apply.

    A consent to release personal health information can be found on the ByWard FHT website at: https://bywardfht.ca/our-clinic/forms/ .

  • I have more questions about this, who should I contact?

    If you have questions regarding this announcement or would like to provide feedback, please go to our online feedback form at https://bywardfht.ca/contact/feedback/ . If calling the clinic, please be patient, courteous and respectful when speaking to our staff. Your kindness is always appreciated.

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